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Report: Islanders looking at Belmont Park as potential arena location

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

A day after a report claimed the New York Islanders are talking to the New York Mets about building a new arena in Queens, Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach of Newsday reported, citing a source, that the Islanders are eyeing Belmont Park as another possible venue.

An arena at Belmont Park, located just outside New York City's limits in Elmont, would bring the Islanders back to Nassau County, where they played for 43 years before relocating to Brooklyn's Barclays Center last season.

The source indicated the Islanders' new owners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, have met with the New York Racing Association - which runs Belmont Park, currently a horse-racing facility - several times in recent months.

Though the Islanders have only played one season in Brooklyn, the desire for a move stems in part from the unhappiness of fans and players with the commute and conditions of the arena.

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